Mimetite and Wulfenite
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Large Cabinet, 25.0 x 10.0 x 9.0 cm
Mimetite from the Ojuela Mine was always relegated to second class status compared to other locales, for decades. It just wasn't "sparkly" enough to compete with the specimens form a single 1969 pocket in Chihuahua state, and the clusters from here were not as crystalline as Tsumeb or other mimetites from around the world. However, in 2012, a single large pocket was hit which redefined the species from this locality and has given us a really different style entirely for the species, in quantity. Only a few Tsumeb specimens ever looked like this, in terms of shape (think, cauliflower), and they did not have such saturated color and luster. This specimen, like others from the pocket, has sparkle, intense color saturation, and a rare association with Wulfenite seen from only a few localities in the world. Taken together, we suddenly have superb mimetites of world class level from a mine which had only produced few before. This amazing pocket produced hundreds of specimens, dozens of cabinet pieces, and this one single "best of pocket" large cabinet piece, which I obtained at the time in purchasing something like 90% of the find en masse. After trimming and cleaning, it is surely among the very few of the five best large examples of Mexican mimetite, in my opinion. The others would be of a different habit entirely, botryoidal and rounded, and from a different Mexico locality as well (San Pedro Corralitos). For Ojuela, one of the world's most collectible and important mineral and mining locales, this is simply a pinnacle piece at the top of its game, and an iconic piece for the mine and the find. It has depth and three-dimensionality, and an intense sparkle to it. It is much better in person! Comes with a custom lucite base. Price on Request. Joe Budd photos.